Want to eat healthier? Start with 1 meal at a time.

Making small changes everyday will lead to big successes. Eating healthier starts 1 meal at a time. The easiest meal to replace is breakfast. Instead of eating processed cereals or bars start your day with a bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal is a slow digesting carb which means it will actually give you fuel throughout your morning unlike those magically delicious lucky charms. 

We understand that not everyone grew up in a home with healthy options to choose from. While I grew up on a family farm Marie grew up in a household where TV dinners and canned fruit were common. So if you don't know where to start we're here to help you. If you're not sure what a healthy replacement for a meal would be, please ask us in an email or leave a comment below. 

Slowly changing your eating habits over the course of 6 months will ensure they stick and gives your body time to adjust. When you go all in you're going to hate it. At some point you'll ask yourself, "why am I doing this?" Then you're going to start giving yourself reasons as to why you can eat something that is harmful for your body. Stop. Everyday you've got a choice. Instead of saying I really want some lucky charms, say "you know I could have some lucky charms but I don't want any." Get yourself into the habit of saying "I could have it but I don't want to." Crazily enough it helped me quit smoking. So if I can quit smoking you can eat foods that are better for your body. 

Here are some tips to get you on track to eating a healthier so that you can start living a better lifestyle...

  1. Start with 1 meal at a time. First write down what your going to have for breakfast instead of cereal or other processed packaged foods. Do that for 3-4 days and then move on to your next meal. Keep eating that meal or an alternative meal (refer to point two below) for 30+ days. It will help you to sustain healthy eating habits. 
  2. Give yourself options for that 1 meal. Write down multiple homemade goodies you can make. For me I eat oatmeal every morning with 4 eggs, separate of course. However there are times where I substitute rice for the oatmeal or 2 scoops of protein for the eggs. Depends on how I'm feeling. Ronnie Coleman has a egg and grit combo that is amazing and I use from time to time. Point is find what you like and just make sure meals are clean, healthy options. 
  3. Avoid buying any more processed foods. This includes pretty much everything that comes in a box from the middle aisles. Go ahead and finish off what you have in your home if you don't want to compost it or donate it. The few exceptions are rice, oatmeal, beans, etc. Stuff that is natural. Will be doing a future article to help you on this.
  4. Keep a food journal. You should be documenting what you're eating every single day. That way when it comes time to lose weight or gain muscle or just maintain where you're at you know what adjustments you need to make. 

The truth is a lot of people grew up eating lucky charms for breakfast. Making changes can be difficult when you're not sure what other options there are. First, start out by replacing 1 meal and understanding what you can replace that meal with. If you have questions ask us, a nutritionist, a friend, a trainer or someone with knowledge of what foods are best for your body. Then make a habit of eating that meal or a similar meal for 30+ days to ensure you're really working towards eating healthier. From there start replacing your other meals with healthier options. The goal here is to replace one meal at a time. Living a healthier lifestyle isn't about racing to make changes, it's about enduring those changes over time. 

Again if you have any questions about this topic or a meal, feel free to shoot us an email or leave a comment below. 

Happy healthy eating! 

Matt Mattson